Karen Anderson, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology and of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry; Co-Director Therapeutics/Chemotherapy Program

Departments & Organizations

Pharmacology: Anderson Lab | Primary Faculty

Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Investigative Medicine Program

Structural Biology

Virology Laboratories

Yale Cancer Center: Developmental Therapeutics | Yale CTAP

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BQBS) | Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology

Office of Cooperative Research


Karen S. Anderson is a Professor of Pharmacology and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. She is involved in teaching undergraduates and graduate students about drug discovery and structure-based drug design. She also serves as an undergraduate research mentor and is a fellow at Pierson College at Yale serving as a undergraduate freshman advisor. Dr. Anderson's research utilizes mechanistic enzymology and structure-based drug design. Her work focuses on understanding how enzymes, playing critical roles in such diseases as cancer and infectious diseases, including AIDS, work at a molecular level. She uses that information to develop new drug therapies. She has trained over 50 undergraduates, graduate students, M.D./Ph.D. students and postdoctoral students who have gone on to graduate school and medical school as well as successful careers in academia and industry and who are involved in biomedical research.

Education & Training

PhD Ohio State University (1982)
Senior Research Specialist Biorational Herbicide Design, Monsanto Co.

Honors & Recognition

  • Enzymes, Coenzymes, & Metabolic Pathways Gordon Research Conference - Chair (2001)

  • Enzymes, Coenzymes, & Metabolic Pathways Gordon Research Conference - Cochair (2000)

  • Yale Cancer Breast Cancer Initiative Research AwardYale University (1996)

  • East Tennessee State University Alumni AwardEast Tennessee State University (1992)

  • Dean's Young Faculty AwardYale University (1991)

  • Hull Cancer Research AwardYale University (1990)

  • Monsanto Research Achievement Award (1989)

  • Monsanto Research Achievement Award (1988)

  • Monsanto Research Achievement Award (1987)

  • YWCA Women's Leadership Award (1987)

  • YWCA Women's Leadership Award (1986)

  • Monsanto Research Achievement Award (1985)

  • Phi Beta Kappa (1982)

  • Eighth Annual ICSABER Forum for Graduate Students Research Award (1982)

  • American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Fellowship (1981)

  • National Institute of Health Predoctoral Fellowship (1978)

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Contact Info

Karen Anderson, PhD
Office Location
Department of PharmacologySterling Hall of Medicine, B-Wing
333 Cedar Street, Ste B350b

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
PharmacologyPO Box 208066
333 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8066

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